The window is a softbox, free of cumbersome assembly and, most importantly, free of charge. Those of us who shoot in studio, often plunk a pretty penny in to purchasing hot lights, strobes and softbox diffusers to soften the look of those hot lights and strobes. Window light is nature’s gift to Shutterbugs, Enthusiasts and Pros alike. Here are a few tips for using window light in photography.
3. Position: For soft lighting place your subject outside that bright square. With accurate metering, you can capture some interesting shadow effects by placing your subject partially or fully inside that bright square. Start by positioning your subject in front of the window with your back to the window (be careful not to block your light). Switch places and place your subject against the window to experiment with back-lighting; be mindful that metering for backlight can be tricky.
The subject in this photo was placed mostly outside the bright square and back-lit
4. Modify: Light modifiers like reflectors can be handy in eliminating unwanted shadows cast on your subject.
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